Defining dynamic elements

In order to change elements of your video dynamically, the Storyteq Extension needs to know which elements you want to alter. In this step, we will run through your AE project and add each layer that is dynamic in some way or form. 

If you already have your timeline set up, it may be a good idea to work in chronological order, running through the video until you see a dynamic element, then adding that element in the Storyteq Extension and so forth. 

In order to add a layer as a dynamic layer to the Storyteq Extension, you will have to select the source element of that dynamic element. If you need to change a text layer, select the actual text layer you want to change, even if that layer is located inside a pre-comp which is nested in another pre-comp etc. Select the text layer itself.

The same goes for images, video, audio or shapes.

Compositions are different in a way that they only support on/off functionality, but still the same that you have to select the actual composition that you want to turn on or off and not a composition containing that composition. Always look for the source of your dynamic element.

Once a layer is added as a dynamic element, it will be shown in your dynamic layers overview, along with what kind of layer it is, and in which composition it is located.

It will also show you how many dynamic rules have already been set up for this specific layer. This should look like this:

Whether you want to first add all your dynamic layers and then set up the dynamic rules for each layer, or set up rules and parameters as you add new dynamic layers is up to you. You can freely move from parameters to dynamic layers to defining dynamic rules.

Overlay Layers

If there are some elements in the composition which overlap the dynamic elements, they should be marked as overlay layers. You can do it by selecting the overlapping element in your composition and clicking the ‘Add Overlay Layer’ button in the Storyteq extension. It’s important to mark these layers in order to separate them from the baselayer. This way the overlay layers will always be shown on top of all the other dynamic elements.

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